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Print/Copy Cards, Printing, Scanning, and Photocopying

Free Medical Library Print/Copy Card Distribution to BUMC Students

BUSM, BUGMS, BUSDM and BUSPH students are eligible to receive 100 free pages (equivalent of 200 images if you use double-sided printing) during EACH of the following two time periods:

  1. January 1 – June 30, and
  2. July 1 – December 31.

The 100 free pages can be picked up on any date during each of the two periods. Students must show a valid Boston University ID in order to receive their copies/prints.

Print/Copy cards may be picked up at the Library Circulation Desk, Monday-Friday 7:30am-6:00pm. After 6:00pm Monday-Friday, and at any time during the the weekend, please check with the Circulation Desk (617-638-4244) to find out if a full-time staff member will be able to assist you with your print/copy card pick-up.

Purchasing Print/Copy Cards

Cards are used for both printers and photocopiers and can be purchased at the self-serve Card Dispenser.

The self-serve Card Dispenser is located next to the Circulation desk. Initially, a copy card costs $1, which includes the cost of the card plus 5 pages. Thereafter, the cards can be encoded with additional amounts at $.12 per copy. The Card Dispenser accepts bills only and does not give change.

Departments may purchase Print/Copy cards using Boston University requisition orders, or Boston Medical Center grant or account numbers submitted with a purchase requisition, by contacting Sandhya Agnihotri, by email to or by telephone at (617) 358-2391. For help with purchase requisition orders, please email or call (617) 358-3234.

Print/Copy cards are your responsibility. Identify your card by writing your name, e-mail address or telephone number on the card. Refunds are not given for unused pages or for lost or stolen cards, and free pages not picked-up by students do not rollover from one distribution period to the next.


Most graduate students are allocated 500 sheets per semester for black and white printing via MyPrint on the Charles River Campus.
Click here for MyPrint locations. Release your print jobs by swiping your BU ID or logging in with your BU Username and password.

Getting Started with MyPrint:

Photocopy Machines

Two photocopy machines are available in the BUMC Library (1 on the 12th and 13th floors) for patron use during all regular library hours. Print/Copy cards can be used in the photocopy machines.


Printers are located on the following floors:

For print jobs greater than 25 pages, we encourage you to use the printers located on the Ground Floor, in L-1102 and L-1109, on L-12 next to the Scanner/Photocopier, and on L-13 next to the elevators.

Printers located in Public Computing Areas (L-1109, L-1102, L-12 and L-13) are available during normal business hours.
Printers located in L-1105, and R107 are available during scheduled classes or by appointment.
The L Basement printer is available for use 24/7.


Scanners are located on the 11th floor in L-1102 and next to the photocopiers on the 12th, and 13th floors of the library and enable you to scan and send documents to library printers, an email address, or save to a USB drive.

No charge is involved except for the print option (the charge is the standard $.12/page charge for printing, paid via Print/Copy card).
In addition, there are 3 IBM scanners on the 12th Floor (2 PC and 1 Mac).

Additional Print Services

BUMC students, faculty and staff may send and print documents to the Medical Campus FedEx Office at the BUMC contracted pricing rate of $.03 for B/W and $.39 for color per image ($.06 for B/W and $.78 for color for double-sided) via, available as a desktop link from BUMC Library computers. You can then pick up your documents at the FedEx Office Center location in the Talbot Building near Albany St. and adjacent to the Bank of America ATM. If you print at the FedEx Office, you cannot use your BU Print/Copy Card for payment.

Additional information about FedEx Offices on the Medical Campus is available at this link.

Additional Photocopy Services

A photocopy service is also available at the BUMC Library. Library staff will photocopy journal articles located in the library's collection for BUMC students, faculty and staff, at $6 per article. Copies are usually ready within 2 - 5 days. Payment options include personal checks or value deducted from Print/Copy card at the Circulation Desk. No credit cards are accepted. Boston University students, faculty and staff who wish to bill photocopies to their departments must present a departmental requisition order. Boston Medical Center students, faculty and staff who wish to bill photocopies to their departments must provide a purchase order and departmental billing number.

Rush requests for in-house journal articles and book chapters cost an additional $10.00 per item and take 24 - 48 hours to fill.

Photocopy request forms are available at the Circulation Desk or on the Web using the ILL Request Form. One photocopy request form must be submitted with each item requested.

All photocopy requests must conform to the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, US Code.)

For additional information about photocopying and printing, contact a Reference Librarian at (617) 638-4228, or,
or contact the Circulation Desk at (617) 358-4902.